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EPA rule will allow more climate-damaging methane into the environment

It is bad enough for the environment – and especially human health – that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration is allowing new uses of cancer-causing asbestos whereas 60 other countries around the globe have banned the mineral due to its toxicity to humans. Now the agency – under the same Trump regime – is proposing to ease Obama-era requirements for oil and gas companies regarding the monitoring and repairing of methane leaks, the New York Times reports. Methane is among the most powerful greenhouse gases. It damages the climate when it is released during natural gas ... Read More

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

Kevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.” For months, Shaw endured ... Read More

Houston Psychiatrist Gets 12 Years For Health care Fraud Scheme

A Houston, Texas, psychiatrist convicted by a federal jury of engaging in a $155 million health care fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. Riyaz Mazcuri, 67, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, received the sentence after a five-day trial that found him guilty on five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston ordered Dr. Mazcuri to pay $20.6 million in restitution to Medicare and $2.25 million in restitution to Medicaid. ... Read More

Two ‘eerily similar’ fatalities at ExxonMobil site

A trial is currently underway in Jefferson County District Court in Texas accusing ExxonMobile, B&G Crane Service, and AltairStrickland of the wrongful death of refinery worker Miguel Barron. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $1 million, was filed by Barron’s brother, Hector Barron. Both were employed at AltairStrickland. Barron was killed May 11, 2016, while working on an elevated platform at the Beaumont Texas Exxon refinery during turnaround operations, when he was struck by a heavy pipe that fell from overhead. The original petition claims that because an effective rescue plan was not in place, medics were unable to reach ... Read More

Two Years After Deadliest Hot Air Balloon Crash, No Safety Improvements in Sight

If another deadly hot-air balloon crash like the one that killed 16 people in Lockhart, Texas two years ago happens again, will aviation regulators and lawmakers be ok with that, knowing it happened on their watch? More than two years after the horrific Lockhart tragedy, those with the authority to improve safety have taken no meaningful action to help prevent such a devastating and entirely preventable accident from happening again in the U.S. If the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history wasn’t enough to change the incredibly lax oversight of the hot air balloon industry, what would be? In a ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Ends in $21 Million Recovery from Ambulance Kickback Schemers

A sprawling whistleblower lawsuit implicating an ambulance company, its affiliated companies, and several municipal clients in an illegal kickback scheme has been settled, federal prosecutors announced. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Services (“the ETMC defendants”) their affiliated ambulance company, Paramedics Plus, and other defendants agreed to pay the U.S. more than $21 million to resolve the allegations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The government’s case against the ambulance industry defendants stems from a complaint filed by Dr. Stephen Dean under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The ... Read More

Deadly Texas Train Crash Caused By Errant Truck Driver

Authorities described a Trinity Railway Express train crash in East Fort Worth, Texas, that left two people dead and about a dozen injured when it struck a dump truck as a “preventable tragedy.” Officials investigating the train crash said a dump truck with two people inside went around the crossing arm after it had gone down. A two-level TRE train carrying commuters sounded the horn and went into maximum braking, but it was too late to prevent the 74-mph train from colliding with the truck. The impact of the train crash killed the truck’s two occupants, Arnell Deon Tolliver, 49, ... Read More

Two separate asbestos lawsuits filed in Texas courts

Two separate lawsuits have been filed in Jefferson County District Court in Texas against several companies alleging they negligently exposed workers to asbestos and asbestos-containing products which led to serious health problems, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Michael Haynes sued Chevron USA, ExxonMobil, Atlantic Richfield, Huntsman, Total, Texaco and other companies alleging he was exposed to asbestos fibers and defective products made with asbestos that were manufactured and sold by the defendants. Haynes says he was employed by Atlantic Richfield in Port Arthur in 1967, and later worked at Neches Butane (sued as Huntsman) for 10 years beginning in ... Read More

Hip implant plaintiffs get $245 million judgment against J&J

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinked entered more than $245 million in final judgments for six New Yorkers who won a bellwether trial in November against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., over claims that its Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal artificial hips were faulty and caused injuries. During the trial, plaintiffs argued that the companies rushed the Pinnacle implants to the market without testing them on humans for safety and efficacy. As a result, the patients suffered severe tissue damage including permanent muscle loss, pain, and loss of mobility. In November, jurors found Johnson & Johnson and DePuy ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit names nearly two dozen companies

Travis Bergeron began working for a chemical company in Port Arthur, Texas more than 50 years ago, staying on the job for more than a decade. Now he claims the work gave him a deadly disease and he wants to hold accountable the companies that made him sick. Bergeron claims that while working for Sinclair Koppers from 1967 to 1978, he was exposed to benzene, a toxic volatile, flammable liquid chemical byproduct of coal distillation that is used as an industrial solvent in various products. Benzene exposure is linked to blood cancers including leukemia. Bergeron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, ... Read More